I have spent the past 15 years working in and around Birmingham as a procurement consultant, helping the NHS save money on the goods and services they buy. Initially it was a reluctant move, a forced office closure that resulted in my relocation to the city.
No 1 Hagley Road is not Birmingham's finest building, it was the same design as a polo mint, circular with a hole in the middle for the lifts. It was very different from my previous office on the Staffordshire Technology Park where I would watch a new born foul learning to walk and the occasional chinook fly by. The sights and sounds from the heights of No1 Hagley Road were mostly cars beeping as they impatiently queued at the five ways round about.
Despite my original reluctance to work in Birmingham, I became very fond of the second city. Birmingham city centre is not pretty in the way that Oxford or Edinburgh are. The Birmingham skyline is blighted with cranes and the city centre is undergoing major construction works but it was Birmingham's multicultural culture that won me over.
Along with the accelerator schemes, affordable office space, and access to global markets, there is an atmosphere in Birmingham that the city is on the up and going places.
below, I have compiled a further 5 great reasons to start a new business in Birmingham in 2019.
Birmingham is an amazing place to entertain and relax, you can now hop off the train at Grand Central and walk to the Bull Ring (40 million customers per annum), without going outside.
From not for profit vegetarian and vegan restaurants to Michelin starred restaurants, Birmingham has something for everybody when it comes to food and work nights out and entertaining clients.
#3 Travel Options
Birmingham's international airport, (13 million passengers in 2017) major rail station (home of HS2) and extensive motorway networks makes it easy to travel to just about anywhere, you can even travel on the canal.
#5 Commonwealth Games
Birmingham will host the Commonwealth Games in 2022, the world will be watching Birmingham and it is estimated the games will generate £750 million investment in the West Midlands between now and 2022.
Naomi Clews is an independent consultant, based in Lichfield, who helps businesses in and around Birmingham to save money, secure business and develop skills. Read more about Naomi's services here.
Naomi Clews Consultancy
Procurement, Tendering, Business Skills